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Strategy Session: Carbon Champions

Event organised by ICE

19 July 2022
09:15 - 10:30 BST (GMT+1)
Institution of Civil Engineers
One Great George Street
London, SW1P 3AA
United Kingdom

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ICE’s Carbon Champions initiative celebrates individuals and their teams who are committed to achieving net zero. Applicants are invited to submit examples of their own carbon reduction activities on projects, telling the story of how the carbon saving was achieved.

In this Strategy Session, you have the opportunity to hear from some of our current Carbon Champions and to ask questions and find out more about how their projects saved carbon. The event will be introduced by ICE President Ed McCann and moderated by Chair of the ICE Carbon Champions Review Panel, Lara Young.

Join us to find out more about how to save carbon on your projects, and hear about our new Carbon Champions community on LinkedIn.


08:30 - 09:15

Registrations and refreshments (in person attendees only)

09:15 - 09:20

Introduction by ICE President Ed McCann

09:20 - 09:45


09:45 - 10:25

Q&A session

10:25 - 10:30

Closing remarks by Ed McCann


Session close


Ed McCann

Ed McCann

Institution of Civil Engineers

president 2021-22

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Ed McCann

Ed graduated from Imperial College London in 1989 with a degree in Civil Engineering. During twelve years with Binnie & Partners he obtained a Master’s Degree in Hydraulic Engineering and worked on some fifty infrastructure projects all over the world.

He joined Expedition Engineering in 2002 where he has been the Project Director for many projects including the multi award winning Infinity Bridge and the Olympic 2012 Velodrome. He currently works on major projects and programs in the UK and internationally where he focuses on strategic engineering design and improving productivity across the asset lifecycle. 

Ed was instrumental in the growth and development of Expedition from a “back bedroom start-up” to Building Magazine’s Engineering Consultant of the Year in 2012.

In 2009, Ed and the two other owners of Expedition set up a social enterprise called the Useful Simple Trust and gave the company to the employees. He is now a Trustee of the UST, which has a number of award-winning companies specialising in Engineering, Communications Design, Architecture, Education and Sustainability.

He is a Royal Academy Visiting Professor of Innovation and a member of the UK’s i3P Strategic Leadership Group which is focused on innovating across the built environment. 

He co-created cross industry initiatives including: the Constructionarium, the Get It Right Initiative and the Expedition Workshed.

Ed has been actively involved in design education since 1999 and he is a Royal Academy of Engineering Visiting Professor of Innovation.


 Lara Young

Lara Young


chair of Carbon Champion Review Panel at ICE and group climate change director

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Lara Young

Lara Young, Group Climate Change Director for Costain Group, named Energy and Carbon Manager of the Year at the 2021 edie sustainability leaders award and Highway UK 2020 Associate Laureate, is the instigator and driving force behind establishing and implementing Costain’s Climate Change Action Plan to transition to a net-zero organisation. Challenging existing business models and processes, her role is to embed carbon management and drive the design and delivery of whole life low carbon solutions across the Costain Group. Lara is leading the integration of the world’s first standard for managing infrastructure carbon, PAS2080 within the Costain Group.

In 2020 Lara joined the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) Carbon Project steering group, working to incorporate systems thinking to help articulate a future vision for UK infrastructure. In 2021 Lara joined the ICE Carbon Advisory Board and became Chair of the Carbon Champion ICE where she has led the design and implementation of a rigorous review matrix and assessed all submissions received.

Lara was recently listed in the Energy Saving Trust “Eight Great Women list” for International Women’s day and named the 2021 New Registrant of the Year by the Society for the Environment.

Lee Piper

Lee Piper


construction director

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Lee Piper

Lee has recently taken on the role of Construction Director at Costain Group PLC, having held a number of positions at the Group previously. He is responsible for construction delivery, leadership and guidance on numerous projects throughout Costain's Highways England portfolio. Lee is skilled in maintaining programmes and driving projects forward by investigating alternative techniques. He is experienced in leading and working on rail projects, top-down construction, heavy civils, large earthworks, large concrete pours including waterproof concrete, and all types of piling.

Lee is passionate about creating a culture of teamwork on all of projects to empower team members, ensuring safe and effective delivery. Lee and his team specialises in reducing plant and labour costs and focussing on the critical activities to provide the best solutions for clients.

Charlie Bell

Charlie Bell

Mott Macdonald

account leader (contractors)

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Charlie Bell

“Charlie Bell has been at Mott MacDonald for almost 20 years in a variety of roles, and currently holds the position of Account Leader for Contractors in the Water & Environment sector. He was Mott MacDonald’s EUNA (Europe & North Africa region) Project Manager of the Year 2020, and has been named an ICE Carbon Champion for the Boston Barrier project, which is Building Barriers in Boston to protect 14,300 homes from tidal flooding.”

For more information please contact:

Freya Jacobs